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Aug 15, 2017

Aug 15, 2017
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ECDC experts confirm support for neuraminidase inhibitors

The review didn't find any new evidence to drive policy changes, but said more research and new antivirals are needed.

Oct 08, 2015

Oct 08, 2015
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UK experts give nod to flu antivirals in hospital cases

Evidence didn't support routine use for seasonal flu, and the group said research is needed during epidemics.

Mar 18, 2014

Mar 18, 2014
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UK flu study: Many are infected, few are sick

Data from 5 flu seasons showed that 18% of people likely contracted flu, but only 23% got sick.

Jan 24, 2014

Jan 24, 2014
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Some US flu markers turning downward

Numbers hint that season may have peaked, and obesity is being reported in many hospitalized flu patients.

Feb 08, 2013

Feb 08, 2013

US flu ebbs but still causes considerable illness

(CIDRAP News) – US flu indicators continued their decline last week, though many states are still reporting brisk levels of flu activity, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today.

Jan 25, 2013

Jan 25, 2013

CDC sees mixed flu picture, remaining threat for seniors

(CIDRAP News) – Deaths from pneumonia and flu in the United States rose sharply last week, with a rise in hospitalizations that continues to hit older people the hardest, though other disease indicators showed declines, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today.

Jan 04, 2013

Jan 04, 2013

US flu activity continues to rise sharply

(CIDRAP News) – Influenza activity continued its sharp rise through the last week of 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.

"Reports of influenza-like-illness (ILI) are nearing what have been peak levels during moderately severe seasons," said Joe Bresee, MD, chief of epidemiology and prevention in the CDC's flu division, in a CDC statement today.

Dec 28, 2012

Dec 28, 2012

Flu markers keep climbing in US and Europe

Editor's Note: The fourth paragraph was revised on Jan 2 to clarify the current situation regarding H3N2 dominance.

(CIDRAP News) – US influenza activity continued its ascent last week, judging from the high volumes of patients seeking care for the disease at doctors' offices, while flu indicators in Europe showed a clear spike, according to the latest surveillance reports.

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